This post, as with pretty much all my posts, is an effort in futility. But that's never stopped me before. This post is geared for those that still
may not understand why christians have such a deep faith and belief. You will not get a logical answer from a christian if asked why they believe;
for no logical answer exists. So I'm here to give some insight from my experience.
A little background so you know that I know what I'm talking about. I attended my first church service at one month old. I attended my last church
service at age 17. I went to sunday school and the morning church services. I went to the sunday evening church services. I went to the wednesday
night services. That would represent 4 separate services per week for 17 years. That's about 3,500 services. I've been to about 40 different
churches in about 5-7 different denominations. Even went to a jehovah's witness meeting once or twice. All, of course, against my will.
The preacher, the salesman, and the hypnotist have much in common. If you've had the opportunity to go to a group hypnotist session or a sales
seminar, you already have some idea about church services. The first thing that needs to happen is to even out the energy in the crowd. You need to
get people to follow instructions and move in unison. In a church service it goes something like this...
1. Stand up
2. Pick up you hymn books
3. Turn to page 666 (sorry, had too)
4. Sing in unison
5. Turn to page 435
6. Sing in unison
7. Sit down
The hymns are very soothing and very simple. Organ music and low beat per minute counts. The mentality of the crowd is quickly evened out after a
few hymns. This gets the crowd used to taking instructions and acting in concert. It also opens the mind up to be able to receive the message
There may be further instructions depending on the church and denomination. For instance, babtist churches have some sort of statement of faith that
is repeated every service. The offering plates are passed around this time as well.
Then it's time for the preacher. Many sermons start with a popular salesman technique. I think it's called the "Yes" technique. A series of
questions are given that have a yes answer. A salesman might ask, "are you tired of products not doing what you want", "do you want to save
money", etc. etc. The preacher does the same.
"Are you sick of the way you're living?" -- "Yes!"
"Are you tired of being persecuted for your faith?" -- "Yes!"
"Do you want to live in eternal bliss?" -- "Yes!"
And many different combinations all with obvious yes answers. This gets the mind in the yes mode. Everyone is either thinking yes or saying yes at
the same time. The power of this can not be understated here.
Then it's time for the sermon. Any good preacher has rhythm to his sermon. This is important. You need a good roller coaster rhythm. Monotone
will just put the mind to sleep. You need each sentence to flow up and down with emphasis. This gets the heads in the audience moving in affirmative
action, up and down. You need movement as well. Some good preachers will move back and forth across the stage. So you have this up and down back
and forth motion going on. And you have the group mentality following it. Very powerful stuff. If the preacher notices attention waning he may add
some more yes questions in the middle of the sermon. In fact, it's good practice to scatter yes questions throughout. Of course, all good sermons
require a guilt factor. So you verbally bring the audience from feeling a little guilty on something they may have done or thought back to them
saying yes. Over and over, up and down, back and forth, for anywhere from 1-4 hours. And the whole thing comes together like an entralling movie.
If you have ever went to a theater during the day and was really entralled in the movie you will know the feeling. When you step outside into the sun
and reality hits you it's the same feeling after coming out of a good church service. And it better be good because you just payed for it, just like
This hypnotic effect is very penetrating. It bypasses the conscious mind. Just like a good hypnotist can get you to think you're a chicken; a good
preacher can get you to believe in his interpretation of the bible. Now, do this for years on end and you will soon see why you cannot and will not
be able to persuade most christians to think outside of the box created by the preacher. Just imagine going to a hypnotist 3,500 times. Or hearing a
sales pitch 3,500 times.
I hope that this may help lend some understanding to those that get frustrated with christians. Once you understand how it's done the frustration
should slip away. Hopefully, you will also be able to see the futility of attempting to open up their minds to something beyond their beliefs.
There's no way in hell that some words on the internet are going to be able to undo the programming caused by going to church. That programming can
only be undone by the individual. And it takes a lot of consious effort. Most would rather be fed than to feed themselves.
Well, there's plenty more to it but I think that covers the basics. My only intent is to spread understanding to alleviate some frustration I see in
religious related posts.
EDIT: Removed an errant "s". And spelling.
[edit on 4-29-2005 by ShadowHasNoSource]